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Regional Discourses on Society and History

Shaping the Caribbean

Edited By Jerome Teelucksingh and Shane Pantin

This book thematically analyses and surveys areas of Caribbean history and society. The work is divided into three parts: part one addresses migration and identity; part two explores policy and development; and part three explores music and literature. The volume places a fresh perspective on these topics. The essays depart from the usual broader themes of politics, economics and society and provide a deeper insight into forces that left a decisive legacy on aspects of the Caribbean region. Such contributions come at a time when some of the Caribbean territories are marking over 50 years as independent nation states and attempting to create, understand and forge ways of dealing with critical national and regional issues. The volume brings together a broad group of scholars writing on Caribbean issues including postgraduate students, lecturers, and researchers. Each chapter is thematically divided into the aforementioned areas. This book addresses areas much deeper than the linear historical and social science models, and it offers Caribbean academics and researchers a foundation for further research.

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Introduction (Jerome Teelucksingh/Shane Pantin)



Jerome Teelucksingh and Shane Pantin

As a patchwork of cultures, peoples, institutions and historical legacies, narratives of the modern Caribbean tend to emphasize the linkages of social concepts to understand the social and historical background of the archipelago of islands, mainland states and expatriate communities. Consequently, for any author of Caribbean history and society, bringing together this patchwork has many challenges given the linguistic, demographic, political and geographic circumstances. Current narratives not only highlight the common threads that Caribbean societies share to overcome the narrative challenge but also provide readers insight into the subtle social, political and economic circumstances of each society. This work seeks to examine these subtle parts that had an impact and is still shaping Caribbean history and society, hence the theme of this volume, shaping. Some of these subtleties are of vintage origin, for example, race, class, nationalism and colour, while some are more recent, for example, women and gender, sport, and culture. Some subtleties combine a mix of the traditional and new such as religion coupled with nationalism, or social consciousness and migration. The benefit of these types of narratives is that they assist us in explaining parts that are less visible and to which a connection was not recognizable.

In approaching a volume of this nature, there are several aims. As stated earlier, the underlying parts of Caribbean history and society presented through the collection of contributions shed new light on areas previously unexplored or underdeveloped. In...

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